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AidData Careers

 

At AidData, we pride ourselves on having a diverse and amazing team. This is especially important when working across three anchor institutions and a growing list of interdisciplinary partners. If you are interested in joining us, check out our career openings below.

 

Program Manager

Description

AidData’s Program Manager will work closely with the Policy and Communications Team to support their efforts in encouraging uptake and use of AidData data products and research. In particular, this position will support AidData’s growing elite opinion polling efforts to capture perceptions of development leaders, thinkers and practitioners in order to improve the effectiveness and policy impact of aid. Responsibilities will include: program management, data collections and analysis, policy outreach, and resource mobilization..

This is a restricted position and continued employment is dependent on funding.  Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/19475

Description of Job Duties:

Business Development:

  • Takes point on costing out policy analysis products/services to be included into new proposals;
  • Takes point on coordinating with the rest of the team to draft narrative on policy analysis products/services to be included in new proposals
  • Contributes to concept notes and other marketing collateral to describe our policy analysis capabilities to prospective funders

Client Management:

  • Day-to-day point of contact interfacing with the program officers assigned to oversee our existing grant/contract work
  • Ensures that client expectations are being met and deliverables are of high-quality, on budget and on time
  • Provides regular written and verbal reports to the funder on the status and progress of our contract-related work
  • Works with the Director of Policy & Comms to present findings and recommendations from our analytical work for the funder

Project Management:

  • Works with the Director of Policy & Comms to ensure that we have adequate staffing and financial resources to successfully fulfill our contract deliverables
  • Provides regular written and verbal reports to AidData senior staff and the Policy & Comms team on the status and progress of our contract-related work
  • Manages the efforts of student research assistants and other staff to implement data collection and analysis to support our policy work

Dissemination & Outreach:

  • Coordinate with the Policy Specialist and Communications Associate to capture and disseminate findings and recommendations from our policy analysis for a broader audience - this may include presentations, preparation of blogs, policy briefs and other written material.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, GIS, Computer Science, or a relevant degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to international development policy and practice 
  • 1-2 years of experience delivering high quality outputs for international development projects or programs. Experience coordinating, mentoring, monitoring, and motivating staff and students
  • An entrepreneurial, results-oriented orientation 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in making presentations to large and/or influential audiences
  • Ability to balance “big picture” thinking with attention to detail
  • Proven ability to undertake diverse and complex assignments with minimal supervision and resolve competing demands
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Strong and effective inter-personal and communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of researchers, clients, partners, data users, and staff

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community
  • Experience in either geo-coding, media-based collection efforts, or activity coding
  • Experience writing grant proposals and contract bids
  • Experience in the field of marketing or communications
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of USAID’s mission and goals

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Employment Type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

 

 

Data Analyst

Description

AidData’s Data Analyst will work closely with the Policy and Communications Team to support their efforts in supporting uptake and use of AidData data products and research. This position will support AidData’s growing elite opinion polling efforts to capture perceptions of development leaders, thinkers and practitioners in order to improve the effectiveness and policy impact of aid. Responsibilities will include: conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis and creating compelling visualizations and prose to communicate key insights and findings.

This is a restricted position and continued employment is dependent on funding.  Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/19474

Data Mining, Analysis & Visualization:

  • Oversees efforts to clean, code and run policy analyses using complex datasets from generated from surveys, crowdsourcing, web scraping, etc.
  • Identifies and articulates patterns, trends, themes and substantive findings relevant to a policy audience using jargon-free prose
  • Develops written analytical products and verbal presentations that convey key policy findings and recommendations from our data analysis in a compelling way

Data Quality Assurance:

  • Provides feedback to the Data Team regarding gaps or challenges in working with our data for policy analysis
  • Works with the Data Methods Specialist and Program Manager to recommend improvements and enhancements to our data collection methods
  • Works with the Data Methods Specialist to verify the quality and accuracy of data analysis generated by our student workforce

Data Training & Mentoring:

  • Works with the Program Manager and Data Methods Specialist to ensure that our student workforce have the data skills needed to undertake policy analysis work
  • Assist in the development of data tutorials/clinics for AidData students & staff to learn how to use and analyze our data with a higher degree of accuracy & salience
  • Coordinate with the Data Team in troubleshooting data analysis questions from student research assistants, clients and/or the general public

Dissemination & Outreach:

  • Coordinate with the Policy Specialist and Communications Associate to produce data visualizations and accompanying analysis in the form of blog posts, policy briefs and other pieces to explain findings to a broad audience in jargon-free prose
  • Contribute to presentations, tutorials & consultations with policymakers and practitioners to explain how to use our data in their own work, explain the rationale and findings from our data, or to advise on their own data collection/publication systems

Required Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant development or computer science discipline, such as economics, political science, international development, information systems, mathematics, or public policy
  • Demonstrated experience and competence with cleaning, coding and running analyses with complex datasets and nuanced, context-driven data
  • Ability to provide creative solutions to complex data questions
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills in being able to translate complex ideas and data into jargon-free prose accessible to a diverse audience
  • A detail-oriented nature with the ability and eagerness to learn and employ new tools as needed
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of users and staff
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Ability to multi-task by working on medium- and long-term projects while still undertaking day-to-day operations, as needed

Preferred Education & Experience

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as statistics, computer science, information systems, public policy, international development, political science, or applied economics
  • Proficiency in SQL
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative suite
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Knowledge of qualitative analysis methods and software for analyzing unstructured and textual data
  • Familiarity with AidData products (geocoding, activity coding, TUFF, Reform Incentives)
  • Ability to query, join and analyze large data sets
  • One or more of the following languages: Python, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Ruby
  • Familiarity with Version Control systems and software (e.g. GitHub, SVN)
  • One or more Javascript application frameworks
  • Previous experience with R or Stata
  • Familiarity with Postgres and/or MongoDB
  • Strong knowledge of open data standards
  • A working knowledge of key applied statistical methods, including post-stratification, weighting, data imputation, and bootstrapping, among others
  • Ability to construct custom indicators based on a combination of survey and non-survey data
  • Experience producing and adjusting survey population estimates
  • Basic knowledge of social network analysis terms, techniques, and software packages
  • Familiarity with International Aid Finance data standards and terminology
  • Familiarity with non-probability and panel survey research methods and related datasets

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Employment Type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

 

 

Technical Associate

Dream Job for the Nitty-Gritty Techie:

If you think the idea of sinking your teeth into complex systems where you get use your own creativity to assess and create technical requirements to solve problems in the world of international development data is appealing, then this is the job for you.

We are looking for someone who loves to dig into the nitty-gritty of technical systems to ensure high quality and on-time delivery of project milestones for Development Gateway's products and services, particularly related to the area of software development and data analysis. Development Gateway is an institutional member of the AidData partnership. Learn more about Development Gateway here.

You will get a range of responsibilities to including: project management, technical consulting/assessment, technical requirements, data quality assurance and analysis, and technical documentation. This position will focus primarily on a large and exciting USAID award for collecting, visualizing, and analyzing geospatial and big data in over 10 countries. You’ll benefit from a wide degree of creativity, latitude, and responsibility.

What you get to do:

  • Technical evaluation, architecture, and needs assessment.
  • Contribute to new product development, testing, and implementation
  • Work with partners, external clients and technical resources to ensure that project milestones are met on time and done to client satisfaction. May act as the technical liaison for partner and client questions.
  • Translate client requirements into technical issues and features for the development team.
  • Creation of  project planning documents such as project plans, risk management list and work breakdown structures to aid in effective project management
  • Establish and update user documentation and training materials
  • Create manual system testing procedures and follow-up with developers and business team to ensure that all bugs are resolved.
  • Any administrative duties and follow-up.

The Necessities for Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Computer Science / Computer Engineering degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of proven analytical and business experience.
  • Previous experience in internet applications  installation, requirements gathering, and testing (manual and automated).
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is preferable.

Skills that will put you over the top:

  • Excellent understanding of Internet-based applications development lifecycle and technologies.
  • Familiarity with project management software; working knowledge of Java-based systems and RDBMS tools.
  • Familiarity with NoSQL/Document Store databases a plus.
  • Familiarity with Esri and GIS tools and basic GIS concepts a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and commitment to continuous product and process improvement.
  • Understanding of data management, analysis, and quality control a plus.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • Ability to communicate easily with both technical and non-technical staff.
  • Good organizational skills to manage a broad and unpredictable workload and meet deadlines and work under own initiative.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) communication and customer interaction skills.
  • Familiarity with international development and related data types a plus.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally on an infrequent basis.

To apply:  Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@developmentgateway.org.

 

 

Data Engineer

Description

AidData’s Data Engineer will work closely with the Research Manager and the Program Managers to manage a large database tracking over $5.4 trillion dollars of aid allocation. The position will also help to support the creation of datasets for researchers from the world’s leading universities who are committed to using geocoded aid data and other sources of geospatial information to help the global development community make evidence-based policy and programming decisions. Responsibilities will include data acquisition and quality assurance, product development, and delivery of datasets. Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/17300

Required Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in either a development finance-related discipline or computer science discipline, such as economics, political science, international development, GIS, information systems or public policy; or commensurate professional experience (3+ years)
  • Analytical skills, a detail oriented nature, and demonstrated experience working with complex datasets.
  • Proficiency in SQL (primarily for pulling data from a database)
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Experience with systems administration, database design, and data-driven programming
  • Ability and eagerness to learn and employ new tools as needed
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Ability to work closely with project management teams to evaluate current systems and make decisions about future programming and development
  • Ability to multitask by working on projects while still undertaking day-to-day operations

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Ability to query, join and analyze large data sets
  • One or more of the following languages: Python, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Ruby
  • Familiarity with Version Control systems and software (e.g. GitHub, SVN)
  • One or more Javascript application frameworks
  • Familiarity with geospatial software and techniques
  • Previous experience with R or Stata
  • Familiarity with Postgres and/or MongoDB
  • Experience with Natural Language
  • Processing and/or Machine Learning
  • Strong knowledge of open data standards
  • Familiarity with International Aid Finance data standards and terminology

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Employment Type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience